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Posted 16 August 2016 - 07:35 PM #1

First, let me say I am relatively new to CS-Cart and am in trial mode.  

If you have product variations in CS-Cart, are you feeding those variations into your Google Merchant center, and if you are, how?

 

1) The problem I see so far, and I cannot find a good answer in the forums, is that when I test the Google Feed, it looks to me that the product variations don't even show up in the export.

2) In addition, my understanding is the feed requires a GTIN, and in the past, we have always used UPC for all of our products and variations...I don not even see a way to tie UPC to specific variations

3) Also, I need to a product URL for the variations...are those available?  Even if it points back to the master or parent product?

 

Are there any work-around you might recommend?

 

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Posted 17 August 2016 - 02:35 AM #2

You need to create option combinations for them to show as separate products.


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Posted 17 August 2016 - 03:49 AM #3

Thank you for the help.  For a particular product I have created 4 different combinations for a product and verified they are displaying correctly on the site with radio buttons to select the variant/combo.

 

However, when I download my Google feed, only the "base" product is in the feed and the combinations are not...in this case they are different colors, each color with a distinct Model Number, UPC, etc.

 



 
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Posted 17 August 2016 - 04:43 AM #4

To clarify the above statement....the are distinct products...In my feed, I need to show a UPC and product URL for each of the variations.

 

I feel like I am completely missing or not understanding something.  I must because I haven't even found issues on the forum that are like this, but I would think it would be a common problem for users.  

 

For a product line like mine, I have over 300 products that are variations...each of the variations are distinct products with their own UPC...which I need for my Google Feed.



 
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Posted 17 August 2016 - 05:02 AM #5

And different Product code, correct.  If so, each unique product code should go into the Google Export.


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Posted 17 August 2016 - 05:03 AM #6

You need to map the Google Export GTIN feature to whatever field you are using to store what you're referring to as the UPC.  As I said above, Google dropped UPC a few years ago in favor of GTIN.


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Posted 17 August 2016 - 12:46 PM #7

UPC is a form a GTIN.  I understand what you are saying, but I cannot figure out how to map this feature field to a variation/combination.  I know how to do it to the main product, but not the created combinations.  



 
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Posted 17 August 2016 - 06:31 PM #8

Ok, this might work a little better:

 

Here the GTIN was automatically created as a feature when I added the Google export addon

http://www.evernote....249e3c9349664b5

 

See the variation after I built the combinations:

http://www.evernote....69ec812b4af8910

No where to add the GTIN at the variant level.  So, here's the export and you will see these variations do not show

 

http://www.evernote....f32dcb140d5c627